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the u.s. currency hits a 20-month high against the yen. investors are keeping a keen eye on how far the dollar will go against the yen. the u.s. currency reached the upper 84-yen level in new york for the first time in 20 months. the dollar hit 84.95 yen at one stage on monday in new york. investors bought the dollar against the yen after liberal democratic party leader shinzo abe said his new government may reach an agreement with japan's central bank on an inflation target. there is speculation the central bank may come under further pressure for monetary easing measures. the dollar/yen is currently trading at 84.82 to 85. >> catherine, the incoming leader abe has even mentioned revising the bank of japan law which adds more pressure onto the central bank of japan. now, a bit of background, the boj decided last week to extend its asset purchase program by 10 trillion yen, but many investors think the bank needs to do more, still. let's go to ramin mellegard who is at the tokyo stock exchange to get a check on how all of this is affecting tokyo markets. ramin, good morning. >> good
afghanistan-u.s. ties ahead of the withdrawal of international combat troops at the end of 2014. >> these are events that we are familiar with. we work very, very closely with our afghan partners. they events that affect both isef and our afghan security force brothers. we continue to work to mitigate them as much as possible. >> the taliban has not claimed responsibility for the shooting in kabul on monday. but the group claims to have placed many infiltrators in the afghan military and police forces to launch attacks on international troops. >>> an archaeological dig in afghanistan unearthed priceless cultural assets. the area is also home to a large copper deposit. researchers are concerned that historic artifacts may be destroyed. nhk world's hideki yui has the story. >> reporter: researchers have found a settlement in mes ayak. their dig site plays within the perimeters of a copper mine and the development of a chinese state owned company. in 2009 the afghan government suspended mining exploration in the area and allowed a french research team to conduct excavations. some o
korea, japan and the u.s. say the north koreans actually fired off a long-range missile. >>> the state broadcaster has played this video repeatedly throughout the past day. it's the first time they released a video filmed at the actual launch site. previously they showed images from the screen at the control facility. >> translator: even countries with developed satellite technology have had many failed launches but we learned from the failure in april. we launched today's rocket with a conviction to succeed. >> the first stage fell into the yellow sea west of the korean peninsula. the nose cover fell a short distance beyond that. the second stage dropped into the pacific ocean east of the philippines. >>> an american astrophysicist says what the north koreans call a satellite is an orbit commonly used by intelligence in observation satellites. jonathan mcdowell is the harvard smithsonian center for astro physics. he says the object seems to be orbiting south/north about 500 kilometers above earth. >>> south korea says the north was trying to create confusion before its launch. the gov
from our bureau in bangkok. >> the u.s. department of defense has released its latest report on the on going battle with taliban in afghanistan. progress has been made, but much remains to be done. pressing issue, how to best train afghan forces to maintain security. the report released to the u.s. congress on monday. a key claim is that 76% of the country's population lives in areas where afghan police and troops maintain the leading role in security. it also states that attacks by the taliban rose by 1% for the period of april to september, known as the afghan fighting season. the pentagon says increased violence centered on rural areas and security in cities dramatically improved during the same period. since the start of the year, attacks fell 22% in kabul, 62% in kandahar, and 88% in mazhar-i-sharif. compares with 211. critical concerns are also detailed in the report. international forces have been training afghan security forces for years, but the report says very few afghan units are fully dependent from international counterparts when carrying out operations. another
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